India sees cooperation on Covid vaccine with neighbours as its duty: MEA

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New Delhi (NVI): As the country is all set to roll out vaccines against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs said that India sees international cooperation on Covid vaccines, particularly with its neighbours, as its duty.

MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava made the remarks while adding that since the beginning, India has been at the forefront of the global response in this common fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You would be aware that in our neighbourhood, we have already provided medicines and other essential supplies. We have held training sessions for experts from these countries on vaccine-related issues,” he said.

“As we roll out vaccines, Prime Minister’s announcement that India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity would be used for the benefit of all humanity in fighting this crisis needs to be noted,” he added.

Notably, India is conducting dry runs ahead of rolling out Covid vaccines, in what can be said as the world’s largest vaccination drive, in coming days.

So far, India’s drug regulator (DCGI) has given emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines – ‘Covaxin’ developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and ‘Covishield’ being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.